Dormayer school, unsigned muzzle loading rifle

The 32 caliber rifle featured on this page is made in the classic and distinctive style of Jonathan Dormayer, but is unsigned. The current owner attributes it to Jonathan, and I suspect that most collectors would do the same without hesitation. Click here to see a signed Jonathan Dormayer rifle.

I have seen a rifle signed by Charles Monroe Knupp that is a virtual clone of a classic Jonathan Dormayer rifle. Even the patch box engraving on the Knupp rifle was the same as a classic Dormayer rifle, but the quality of the engraving was not as good as that of the Dormayer rifle. Click here to see another signed Charles Monroe Knupp rifle that is obviously based on a Jonathan Dormayer rifle, but lacks a patch box.

I don't claim any particular expertise or experience in identifying Somerset County rifles. Nevertheless, if I had to guess who made the rifle featured on this web page, I would guess Jonathan Dormayer rather than Charles Monroe Knupp, based on engraving quality.

The first image provides a full view of the right-hand side of the rifle.

The next image features the rearward part of the rifle in a little more detail.

The next image features the patch box, which was engraved with a steady hand. This is the typical patch box used on rifles of the Dormayer school.

The next image is included to show the wrist area in more detail.

The next image is included to show the lock panel of the stock, and an enlarged view of the triggers. The rod-type set trigger is typical on rifles of the Dormayer school. The trigger guard is broken near the rear trigger.

The next image focuses on the percussion lock, which does not have as much engraving as sometimes seen on rifles of the Dormayer school.

The next image shows the ramrod entry pipe area, and the nearby incised carving on the stock.

The next image is included to show the forend in more detail.

The next image shows the nose cap.

The next image shows the muzzle of the barrel, and reveals that the nose cap is made from two pieces of brass sheet metal. The decorative use of a circle of drilled holes was employed by both Jonathan Dormayer and Charles Monroe Knupp. Click here to see a signed Jonathan Dormayer rifle with similar rifling. Click here to see the much different rifling on a signed rifle by Charles Monroe Knupp.

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